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The New Piaggio Avanti Evo Twin Turboprop Takes Flight

The newest edition of the Avanti P.180 twin turboprop is now flying in the United States. Manufactured by Piaggio Aerospace in Italy, it was delivered to West Coast Aviation Services, at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. The P.180 boasts unique aerodynamic performance, based on its three-lifting-surface configuration.

Evo, the third generation of the P.180 design, has been updated with five-blade scimitar propellers to improve performance. New cabin layouts, and added safety systems create an array of travelling options. The airplane is quieter and more fuel-efficient, and the service and support network has improved. The ceiling is 5 feet 9 inches in height with a custom interior that accommodates eight in VIP seating. New leather seats by Iacobucci recline and rotate fully, and there are plenty of fold-down tables, adjustable lighting, connectivity, and baggage space. Low noise levels and a cabin altitude of just 6,600 feet help minimize passenger fatigue. Evo is able to cruise at speeds up to 463 mph for more than 1,900 miles.

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A wing mounted on the tail in combination with the powerful turboprop engines creates the aerodynamic boost to add up to more efficiency in flight. The aircraft also burns less fuel and has lower operating costs per hour compared to traditional aircraft of similar size.

West Coast Aviation Services says it plans to add at least four more Evos to its fleet, to use them for both charter and fractional ownership programs. The airplane sells for about $7.7 million.